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Innovation Catalogue

National Innovation Foundation - India

Tree Climber

Contact Details
M J Joseph alias Son (Mr. Akhil Appachan), St Mary's Indl
Ph: 0460-2212104
Late Appachan
Complex & Research Centre, Puranjan, Chemperi Mob: 9400412104
Po Kannur, Kerala 670632
Problem addressed:
As reported by Coconut Development Board, coconut Tree climbers are a rarity these days in
Kerala and other coconut growing states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh,
Maharashtra and Goa, with very few taking on the traditional profession. There is a reluctance
to enter this field because of the occupational risk and the arduous labor involved in climbing
tall coconut trees. Due to scarcity of labor as against the general norm of harvesting cycles of
45-60 days, farmers are currently able to harvest only once in three to four months.
A simple, safe, easy to use device for any season and by any
person, cutting down the climbing time to 1-2 minutes for a
40 m tree as against 4-5 minutes traditionally required. It is
available in iron and as well as steel body, though there is
no difference in working or size.
The palm climber consists of two metal loops of 10 mm MS
rod having sub-loops, rubber belt, wire ropes, connecting
clamp, MS plates etc. One loop is intended for the right leg
and the other for the left leg. These are called right leg loop
and left leg loop respectively, the left loop (main loop)
being slightly bigger than the right loop. The top of the
main loop is bent forward to form handle and just below
this part, two metal plates are attached with holes with a
long rubber belt. On the rubber belt a wire rope having
rings on each end is fixed. The bottom most part is a plate
and a clamp is provided above it. A long holed plate is
fixed on the main loop, which is used as parking brake.
Ropes attached to the climber are used to fasten it to the
palm. The ropes pass around the tree and through hooks
provided in the climber. A pedal is provided for resting the
foot. Raise the right side peddle a little upward so that the
grip of the right hand part of the climber will become loose
facilitating upward movements by using the right hand and
the right leg. Once the right part is moved up the weight of
the body rests on the right hand part of the climber. The
whole process is repeated for the left hand side. In this way
one can easily climb coconut or areca nut palms.

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The palm climber consists of two metal loops of 10 mm MS rod having

sub-loops, rubber belt, wire ropes, connecting clamp, MS plates etc.
Dimensions of the equipment: 116 X 34 X 13 (cm)
Applicable for Tree Diameter of: 15-32cm
Material: Iron / MS steel, steel rope wire and rubber pad.
Weight: 7.9 kg (Iron body)
To safely climb on tall palms to pluck fruits and apply pesticides
Alternate application: As a climbing device for electric post
Steel wire belt for safety
10 days
Iron body: Rs 2,500/- (The price does not include transportation costs,
taxes, etc.)
Steel body: Rs 5,000/- (The price does not include transportation costs,
taxes, etc.)
Innovator has been awarded in the Second National Innovation Award
Function in 2002 by National Innovation Foundation.
India Patent No. 194566
Business Development,
National Innovation Foundation India
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